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joseph and to katherine, paris, and prince, all of these wonderful, beautiful symbols of america, i can tell you as a member of the united states congress, we understand the constitution. we understand law. and we know that people are innocent until proven otherwise. that is what the constitution stands for. so you mourn today. i come too to thank you for many people don't understand the heart of entertainers. they don't know how big their hearts are. they don't know how they heal the world on behalf of america. when we are at war, our icons, like michael sing about healing
the world. so he calls us into public service. it did not matter whether we were black or white. he even told us to beat it, and look at yourself in the mirror, because it meant that if you were going to make a difference, look at the man or woman in the mirror. i come to you today to say, thank you. some of you come from all faiths and we respect that here in america. but there is a story who seems is so symbolic of this young and beautiful man. i love the story of the good samaritan, because it talks about those who walk by but diminish the devastated and the poor. this was a broken and beaten man, laying along a road. no one stopped but someone called the samaritan. it could be in any faith.
it's all about charity and love and i call michael jackson the good samaritan. i call him michael jackson, who cared and loved for the world. it bothered me. i grew up with him. as all of us and so many did. so what an honor and a privilege to see him up close. when he came to the united states congress in my office and looked some 15 african ambassadors, representatives of heads of state, sitting in an office listening to michael jackson talk about caring and fighting hiv aids. they looked at him. he had a twinkle. they listened, he listened. what a miraculous experience to be able to listen and see michael in action. you know, there were words cast about. i wonder if anybody was on his shoulder when he walked into
walter reed hospital and he walked along the aisles and the rows in the hospital room. this was in the midst of the iraq war. doctors stopped and nurses stopped. individual soldiers who had lost limbs stopped and were, in essence, moved and touched as michael was, by his desire to come and thank them for their sacrifice. so don't tell me what an american story is all about. it is the salt of the earth when this family took the talent that god had given them and made it into a miraculous and wonderful story for america. i come today for you to recognize that the flag flies and the people who have spoken have spoken to the people.
they recognize and they speak and those of us who serve in elected office, we respond to the people. michael fought for the tolerance of all people. in fact, i am reminded, although i speak in the tongues of all faith, that michael fought a good fight. he was someone who understood and, i hope, mr. and mrs. jackson and family will know, the lord is our shepard and we shall not want. michael jackson, you have got to know his story and it has not been told by all of what you have heard. he was someone who understood, if he was burned, he built a burn unit. if a hospital needed beds, he built those beds. if they needed money for developing countries, michael gave. michael never stopped giving. he touched those whose lives could be reconstructed because
the king, yes, the king, the king stopped and said, i care about you. that is why on the house floor on june 25th, 2009, congressional black caucus and members of the house of representatives stopped, stopped, stopped and had a moment of silence for this wonderful legend and icon. [ applause ] so, to the family, let me simply come as someone who wishes she was long loss sheila jackson lee. i will keep looking and seeing and come to you and say, that america appreciates and thanks you for michael jackson's life. for that reason, we have introduced into the house of
representatives this resolution 600. that will be debated on the floor of the house that claims michael jackson as an american legend and musical icon, a world humanitarian, someone who will be honored forever and forever and forever and forever and forever. >> we are the world. we are better because michael joseph jackson lived. on behalf of myself, and the people who have spoken, michael jackson, i salute you!
old. berry had this gathering at his house. he said, come, i want you to see somebody very special. so i go over there and these five young guys are there. they sang and danced up a storm. a couple weeks later, they recorded my song. and i heard it. i thought to myself, now they have pulled a fast one on us. because this boy cannot possibly be ten years old. this song is about somebody who has somebody who loved them but they treated them bad. they treated them so bad 'til they lost them. now, they are paying the price of wanting somebody back that they treated bad and lost. how could he possibly know these
things? i requequickly went over to him because i wanted to see his birth certificate. i did not believe that someone that young could have that much feeling and soul and know. he had a lot of know. you have to know something to sing that song like that. it was wonderful, though. as a song writer, man, that's a dream come true, to have somebody sing one of your songs like that. i, myself, i never thought i would be here on today. my little brother over there. you just don't think that you gonna see or you will live to see him gone but he will never really be gone. he is going to live forever and
ever and ever and ever. he has made an enormous impact on all of our lives, all over the world. i mean, i have young kids coming up to me now because when i do concerts, i sing, "who is loving you" in the concerts. young kids who are at the concerts say, hey, you singing michael jackson's song? but he will live on forever. i am a firm believer in blessings. and i have had so many, many blessings in my life. one of my greatest blessings was i got a chance to know the jackson family and to know
michael and to see him. i'm glad i lived in an era when i got a chance to see what everybody has been coming up here saying, the greatest entertainer of all times. i am glad i live in this era. i believe so much in god. i believe so much that this is not it. we have life after this is done. so my brother is in a place now where he is most certainly going to live forever in the hereafter. he is going to live forever twice. he is going to live forever right here, because the world will never, ever forget michael jackson.
my name is kenny ortega. i was michael's partner in the creating and directing of many of his tours, including "this is it" and shaheem was invited by michael to join him in london. i wanted to say thank you for coming all the way out here to join us today. we were here. we were right here a little less than a week ago and michael was with us and the band and michael beardon an the singers and dancers and choreographer and our designers and our crew. we were all here and we were a family. this was our house.
so when the jackson family and randy philips asked ken erlich and i to put this memorial together, we knew we had to do it here. we had to invite the world to join us here at michael's house. we were immediately surrounded by countless family, artists, and friends and dear hearts who unconditionally made this day possible as we came together as a team, we knew we had to celebrate michael's life through his music as well as commenorate his passing. both ken and i worked with michael over the years and michael and i were here in the final, final stages of mounting what we all knew and we all saw, i promise you, was his triumphant return to the world. it was also, i think, his greatest personal work. we did it all right here in this
plays, the staples. so, before we conclude today's memorial, we wanted to present a performance from the london, "this is it" concert. the fans have been asking for it. this was one of michael's very favorite moments in the show always. he created this and brought it to life. it is a living testament to him being timeless and timely. musical and magical. this is for him. his living legacy. his care, his heart, his concern about our planet, about the haw man condition. michael jackson will live in our hearts forever. michael, we love you more. join us.
♪ there comes a time when we heed a certain call ♪ ♪ when the world must come together as one ♪ ♪ there are people dying and it's time to lend a hand ♪ ♪ to life the greatest gift of all ♪ ♪ we can't go on pretending day by day ♪ ♪ that someone somewhere will soon make a change ♪ ♪ we are all a part of god's great
big family ♪ ♪ and the truth you know love is all we need ♪ ♪ we are the world we are the children ♪ we are the ones who ♪ make a brighter day so let's start giving ♪ ♪ there's a choice we're making ♪ ♪ we're saving our own lives ♪ ♪ it's true we'll make a ♪ ♪ better day just you and me ♪ ♪ when you're down and out and there is no hope at all, well, if you just believe, there is no way you can fall ♪ ♪ in life, change will only come when we stand together as one ♪
♪ we are the world we are the children ♪ we are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving ♪ ♪ there's a choice we're making ♪ ♪ we're saving our own lives ♪ ♪ it's true we'll make a ♪ ♪ better day just you and me ♪ ♪ we are the world, we are the children ♪ ♪ we are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving ♪ ♪ there is a choice we are making ♪ we're taking our lives ♪ ♪ it's true, we make a better day, just you and me ♪ ♪ we are the world, we are the
and our children's children so that they know it is a better world for them. we think we can make it a better place. ♪ there is a place in your heart ♪ ♪ and i know that it is love ♪ and the place can be much brighter than tomorrow ♪ ♪ and if you will try, you'll find there is no need to cry ♪ ♪ they know how to sorrow ♪ there are ways to get there if you care enough for the living ♪ ♪ make a little spaes, make a better place ♪ ♪ make it a better place for you
and for me an the entire human race ♪ ♪ there are people dying if you cared enough for the living ♪ ♪ it's a better place for you and for me ♪ ♪ the world we once believed in will come together ♪ ♪ then what do we keep doing in life ♪ ♪ live life, go high, let the spirit never die ♪ ♪ in high heart, i feel you are all my brothers ♪ create a world ♪
together, we'll cry happy tears ♪ ♪ even they will ♪ we can really gather if you care enough for the living ♪ ♪ make a better place ♪ make a better place for you and for me and the entire rue man race ♪ ♪ there are people dying if you care enough for the living ♪ ♪ make a better place for you and for me ♪ ♪ heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me and for the entire human race ♪ ♪ if you care enough for the
living, make a better place for you and for me ♪ ♪ heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me, and the entire time human race ♪ ♪ there are people dying if you care enough, if you care enough, if you care enough, you will make it a better place for you and for me ♪ ♪ there are people dying, if you care enough, if you care enough, you can make it a better place for you and for me ♪ ♪ there are people dying, if you care enough for the living, make it a better place for you and for me, you and for me, you and for me ♪ and you for me ♪
i was his voice and his backbone. i had his back, so did the family but we thank you. that's all i can say. we thank you very much. >> i hurt. i stand here trying to find words of comfort and solace, trying to understand why the lord has taken our brother to return home from such a short visit here on earth. michael, when you left us, a part of me went with you.
and a part of you will live forever within me but also a part of you will live forever within all of us. michael, i will treasure the good times, the fun we had, singing, dancing, laughing. i can remember when we used to come home from school and we would grab a quick bite to eat and we would like to watch the three stooges as much as possible before mother would would come in and say, it was time to go to the recording studio. i also remember a time, michael, when i went into the record store and there was this man purchasing a lot of cds. he would go and grab another batch of cds. he was an older gentlemen.
he had short afro, crooked teeth and his clothes were rumpled. i walked up behind him and said, michael, what are you doing in this store? he turned to me and said, marlon, how did you know it was me? i told him, you're my brother. i can spot you anywhere, regardless of your makeup. i know your walk. i know your body language. and those shoes did not help. michael wore the same shoes wherever we went. but i guess that was his way of trying to experience what we take for granted. we would never, never understand what he endured, not being able to walk across the street without a crowd gathering around
him. being judged, ridiculed, how much pain can one take. maybe now, michael, they will leave you alone. michael, michael was the voice of our angelic trumpets and he will continue to be the voice in heaven nearest to our creator and waiting on us when our day comes to pass. michael, i love you. i will miss you. the lord has a purpose for
everything. sometimes we just can't see it or understand it but it will be made clear to us when we reach that ultimate, ultimate reward of being in his presence. michael, you are there. you are right there. you have finished your work here on earth. and the lord has called for you to come home with him. so i thank you, michael, i thank you for all the smiles that you've placed in many people's hearts and i thank you for everything that you've done for others across this globe in the lord's name. i have one request, michael, one request. i would like for you to give our brother, my twin brother, brandon, a hug for me. i love you, michael. i'll miss you.
duplicated. he wanted to heal the world through his music and in a small way, he succeeded. his music reached across the barriers of race, culture, and even national identity, unifying the planet, if only for a few moments. so now it's up to us. we should all look at the man or the woman in the mirror and change the way we treat each other. let's celebrate our uniqueness, respect our differences, and make that change starting today. my prayer is that this will be more than just a memorial for michael jackson but a remembrance, truly, of what he means to us. because all around us are people of different cultures, different religions, different nationalities, and yet the music of michael jackson brings us
together. not only here but around the world. the family has allowed me to close this memorial with a prayer. i'm going to ask that you would just catch the hand of the person next to you, whether you are in this auditorium or watching by television, wherever you might be, in solidarity and remembrance of what michael jackson's music has done for us. if you are so inclined, well you bow your heads and let's pray. our heavenly father, we thank you this day for the memory of michael jackson that means so much to us, even right now. thank you for the gift of music that he gave us. thank you for the man that he was and for what he sought to do with his life. we pray, father, that you will just remind us that we truly can make a difference if we make up our minds to do so. help us to take a message of love and healing and peace with
us as we go. let us demonstrate that love when we go to school. let us demonstrate that love when we go to work. let us demonstrate that love as we walk the streets of our city and no longer turn a blind eye to the needs of those that we walk by every day. let us stop judging people by the color of their skin and the accent of their voice. let us, rather, look in the heart of every man, woman, boy and girl and desire truly to reach that person with the love that michael jackson showed us in his music. even now, the king of pop must bow his knees to the king of kings and we pray that you remind us, lord, that our lives are but dust, we are here for a moment and then we are gone. thank you for how michael impacted us and may we now impact others. we pray that this moment will not be forgotten as an event to have been enjoyed but rather a
reminder that we too can make a change. bless us and keep us with the love by which you kept michael and we offer this prayer unto you in the glorious name of jesus our lord. let all who agree, say amen. god bless you and praise god for you. welcome back, everybody. we have been covering the michael jackson memorial live at the staples center. you can see inside the center where people are standing. the tribute has just ened. it last about two hours. i am soledad o'brien along with anderson cooper. what a moving tribute. what an incredible two hours
with performances and speeches. some of the legends of the business and people who are close personal friends of michael jackson's. >> larry king was sitting as an invited guest of the family. he joins us from inside the staples center. larry, your thoughts? >> anderson if it exceeded any expectation that i might have had. shawna and i were blessed to be sitting there as close we were and to be around the family in that moment. i thought it was an incredible evening of performances. usher and jennifer hudson were incredible. the stickout in this evening was reverend sharpton. it was a great speech, well thought out, beautifully delivered and he had the crowd just totally encoil, if i could call it that. i have never experienced it. i have within to the staples center many times. this is the most extraordinary time ever. to see kolbe bryant and magic
standing there in their city clothes for a long time and i think the crowd was marvelous, too. the appreciation was great. there was no occurrences. i saw police commissioner bratton before the show and he was -- told me that 3,000 police officers were put on duty today. that is one-third, anderson, one-third of the los angeles police force was on duty. it was an extraordinary event and i hope the egress is as good as the entrance was. it was some kind of day. we will do, of course, a big show on it tonight as i know you will as well. anderson? >> larry, you were -- you were close to stage, an invited guest of the family. a lot of the performers would come can and greet members of the family. what was -- obviously, it was a somber mood among family memb members. in the area you were sitting, what was it like? >> the third row of the family. the first rocker extraordinary,
i think, the way the family was truly heart felt the statements by the people, performances by the entertainers and the way they were hugged and grasped and i think the attention given by the performers as they came off and the speakers to the family were -- there is no way to put it, anderson. this was the height of emotion. this was the loss. and i think what impressed the family the most was that anything referred to that might have been a defect or neglect on the part of michael jackson with regard to the public was put away today, at least for these two hours. and this was also an air of forgiveness and i think the family felt that from every person who entertained and came off. we sat right directly behind berry gordy, totally moved through the whole thing. one music note, when the young boy came out to sing, anderson, i leaned over to berry and i
said, "who is that"? and he said "i have no cotton picken idea who that is" but if i were in the business, i would sign him tomorrow. of course, we later learned he was going to be part of the london show with michael. how old was he? did you find out, anderson that young man at the end? >> i did not find out. i think he was in the neighborhood of 12 or so. i'm not sure. larry, you were, i guess, relatively close to the casket with michael jackson when it was brought in. what did it look like? >> it looked very expensive, obviously, it looked like pure gold. totally unexpected. you may have known from the perch and your being here previously before it arrived that it was coming. i had no idea it was coming. i was totally surprised by it. it was -- i normally -- i'm not crazy about funerals to begin with and this was not a funeral, it was a memorial service, so i'm -- maybe it is just me. the frank sinatra funeral, they took the casket, put it right in the middle of the aisle and then played one of his songs as the
people left and that was a moving moment. i had no idea it was coming. you may have known it. if you did, you had me beat. i was taken by it. and eventually, enjoy is the wrong word, eventually appreciated the fact that it was there i think it was a marvelous way to do things. and when usher walked down and touched that casket, what can you say? >> yeah. larry, i appreciate you being there and talking about it. thank you very much, larry king. >> anderson, see you later on. >> all right. we will see you later tonight. "larry king live" starts at 9 p.m. east coast time followed by ac 360 at ten. our coverage continues. we have a lot more ahead. we have reporters a all out here. we are continuing to follow the jackson family as they move on now to the next event. our coverage continues. we will be back right after this short break.
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♪ rock with you all night ♪ dance you into the sunlight ♪ i want to rock with you all night ♪ ♪ we're gonna rock the night away ♪ >> welcome back, everybody. we are coming to you live from the staples center. you can see the throng of crowds which were inside the staples center just a few minutes ago are making their way out. you can hear the churn of the helicopters just above our heads, of course this is an event being watched not just here in the united states but around the globe. i would imagine, in fact, it is going to be one of the most watched events maybe in recent
history. pretty remarkable service, home morial, whatever you want to call it inside. >> combination of everything, very emotional moments, speeches, performances that were also extremely emotional. >> hear from paris, michael jackson's daughter, broke your heart when she said "my father is the best father." absolutely. it was the closing words of the memorial and just -- really, really moving. >> one of those moments that was probably unplanned, unscripted, members of the family at the end alone on the stage, just speaking. we heard from marlon jackson and obviously from paris as well. >> we have talked earlier about how close the familisome and i think you got a sense of that when the and when paris and others started to cry, how closely and tightly they held each other. there were certainly some phrases about, you know, maybe now they will leave you alone, michael, giving a sense that he has been under siege by his --
even his fans. i mean, the most popular entertainer in the world and certainly by the paparazzi and the press, every detail of his life being chewed over for decades now. >> that was one of the songs "leave me alone" that's seen at the end where paris leans on the arm of janet and then came up and said, you know, daddy has been the best father anybody could have. there wasn't a dry eye, i'm sure in the house. here at staples center and probably around the planet. we saw tears streaming from first a ame church in los angeles, las vegas, times square, that moved everybody. >> also had moments of levity, brooke shields talking about her relationship with michael jackson and how much he loved to laugh, making fun of his glove, asking michael jackson one point, "what's up with the glove" when he debut the glove. >> she had incredible insight. she was the first person. most people don't speak about really, genuinely c